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Paul McCartney

World-famous music legend Paul McCartney is moving in towards the end of his two-year international tour, “Out There,” which kicked off May 2013 and is on the verge of wrapping up this summer. The former Beatle will be playing a few select U.S. shows, including dates in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and Columbia. McCartney has also grabbed two major headlining slots for the Dover, Delaware-based Firefly Music Festival, as well as Chicago’s annual festival event, Lollapalooza. In 2013, he headlined the Manchester, Tennessee festival, Bonnaroo, alongside Tom Petty and Jack Johnson.

Even after 58 years of performing and touring the world, Paul McCartney remains in incredibly high demand – both the Firefly Festival as well as his Philadelphia date quickly sold out. The June 21 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia actually marks his first concert in the City of Brotherly Love since 2010. According to data culled form the TicketNetwork Exchange, the average Paul McCartney ticket price on the secondary market for his Philly show is going for $326.77, with a get-in price of $184.

By comparison, a four-day festival pass to see Sir Paul and dozens of other top acts (including The Killers, Kings of Leon, Morrissey and Snoop Dogg) averaged $317 – approximately $10 cheaper than Paul’s solo show, which is, of course, limited to just a single evening of music. His additional U.S. dates are equally competitive, regardless of the geography – the average Paul McCartney ticket price for his Charlottesville show sits at $169.12, with a get-in price of $23, and his Columbia, South Carolina show is averaging $198.86 with a get-in cost of $64. Paul will cap off his summer in Chicago at Lollapalooza, where he will share the main stage with artists Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and Bassnectar. He was last seen playing the festival in 2013, and anticipation is high for his return. A three-day pass for Lollapalooza is currently averaging $451.34 on the secondary market, while the get-in price sits at $307.

Paul McCartney fans will not be disappointed with his performance, as he is still renowned for being one of the few artists who performs for a solid three hours each show – and at age 73, no less. Can his festival-mates say the same?

Concert news

The lineup for 2014's Lollapalooza has been announced, and it includes more than 100 different acts. Headlining the festival are Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. Other notable acts include Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris.

The weekend-long festival takes place Aug. 1-3 in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. The festival has been hosted at Grant Park for the last 10 years; the acts will perform across eight different stages.

Check out the full list of 2014 Bonnaroo performers after the cut. To stay up-to-date on the latest this festival season, be sure to check out our 2014 Festivals Guide!


Festivals attract mostly in-state ticket buyers

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With summer here, a lot of people are opting to go to music festivals, and why not? Many of them are three or four days long, and in that time, you often have over 100 bands to choose from. They're a good deal for the price.

I looked at three festivals – Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits – to see where ticket buyers are coming from. I already knew, by looking at other concert data, that people tend to stick close to home when choosing what they want to see.

It makes sense, given the recession, plus rising gas and airfare prices. However, I went into this research expecting the opposite to happen with festivals. Unlike tours, I saw festivals more as destination events: something people plan an entire week-long trip around.

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